Light to medium straw colour and a nutty, nougat-like bouquet; the palate rich, powerful, deep and ample. A very flavoursome chardonnay which is also taut, refined and contained. Lemon and grapefruit, citrus-driven palate, tense and finely-tailored, and frisky with acidity. A really superb, pure style of chardonnay. 95 points, Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE (2017).
A stunning example of modern Australian chardonnay. Energetic and vibrant with white nectarine and lemon aromas. The palate is tight, bright and dazzling with a core of sweet, juicy, lemony fruit. The oak is a mere shadow, supporting the fruit yet staying out of the limelight. Extended lees aging rounds out the palate, and the finish is long and satisfying. 95 points, The Real Review
XANADUJohn Lagan and family established Xanadu in the 1977 naming the property after Samuel Coleridge’s epic Kubla Khan or a Vision in a Dream. During the mid-1980s and 1990s Xanadu created a strong following for its muscular but energetic wines. After a brief interlude as a public company, it is now once more in private hands as part of the Rathbone Wine group. The Rathbone family has instigated a complete revitalisation of vineyard and wine making practise including lowering yields and optimising regional nuance. The 85 ha property is farmed along low input/organic lines and winemaking follows a minimal-intervention philosophy. Under winemaker Glenn Goodall, Xanadu is enjoying a major renaissance.